Blackburn's Lee Mack to star in comedy murder mystery series with Johnny Vegas

Lee Mack and Johnny Vegas
Lee Mack and Johnny Vegas

East Lancashire comedian Lee Mack is to reprise his role in a new series of a comedy murder mystery show which stars Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson.

Lee, who grew up in Blackburn, will join a host of comedy stars as they make a guest appearance in series two of Gold's ‘Murder, They Hope’.

Hugh Dennis, Vicki Pepperdine, Danielle Vitalis, Tamzin Outhwaite, Sally Philipps, Sherrie Hewson, Ramon Tikaram, Dan Renton-Skinner, Ellen Thomas, Philip Jackson, Youssef Kerkour, Isy Suttie, Claire Skinner, Joe Tracini, Andrew Ellis, Cole Anderson-James and Sandi Toksvig all star in series two.

Sarah Hadland, Shobna Gulati, Jason Manford and Lee are returning for the new series.

Lee will reprise his role as coach driver, Willy Watkins.

Lancashire Telegraph: L-R) Sian Gibson and Johnny Vegas
Lancashire Telegraph: L-R) Sian Gibson and Johnny Vegas

L-R) Sian Gibson and Johnny Vegas

Following the explosion of their coach business in the Drapers Tours trilogy, Terry (Johnny) and Gemma (Sian) set out on a new adventure as fully-fledged private detectives in Murder, They Hope.

They found themselves in the middle of a poisonous pastry scandal, at the mercy of a murderous Bunnyman and chasing down a coach driving serial killer all while moving in with Gemma's sister Monica (Sarah Hadland) and trying to save for their much anticipated wedding.

Series two picks up where we left off and promises church bells, couples therapy, aristocratic mystery and a framing like no other.

The series is written by Jason Cook (Hebburn, Dial M for Middlesbrough, Murder on the Blackpool Express) and will be directed by Ed Bye and Sarmad Masud.

Gerald Casey, channel director for Gold, said: “Jason Cook's brilliantly hilarious murder mysteries have become a true mainstay of the Gold channel.

“I can't wait to see Sian and Johnny back together as TV's funniest crime-solving duo.”

Head of scripted, Pete Thornton, said: "It feels like a rare thing to have a comedy that lasts for more than a few years nowadays on British TV, so to be back in business with the brilliant team behind Murder, They Hope when they first smashed records on Gold with the franchise way back in 2017 feels pretty special.

"To be welcoming back Sian and Johnny and to have a series in such rude health creatively feels even more remarkable.

"Hats off to all involved - we can't wait to see whodunnit next."

Murder, They Hope will air on Gold later this year and follows recent UKTV Original.